2003 Mazda Mazdaspeed Protege Consumer Review: The chicanes are now in season

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The chicanes are now in season!
By Mazda Mike on


2003 Mazda Mazdaspeed Protege 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


After all my indecision between which
sport compact to buy, I have to say that
once I drove the MSP, it was over. I had
fallen in love. I also had a great
ex-racer sales rep. that let me take it
through its paces on the twisty roads
nearby. The MSP was the model of
stability, even as I pressed it into a
hard drift in a decreasing-radius left
hander. I have now raced this car in
SCCA events three times; beating out
Lexus IS300 after Nissan Spec V after
Ford Focus SVT. With some Kumho race
tires and some small mods, I plan on
taking my Mazdaspeed to SCCA Stock-Class

Best Features

Twin trapizoidal-link suspension, re-valved Tokicos at the corners, crisp clutch and shifting linkage, and let's be honest... it's a sexy lady'!

Worst Features

Summer in Phoenix + small a/c compressor = irritability. And, even though I'm aware that the transmission can't handle much more turbo, dialing up the T-25 to 11psi or so couldn't hurt. Could it?
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